Sunday, April 19, 2009
New neighbors: Mr. and Mrs. Bushtit
A pair of bushtits have built a nest dangling from a tree in our yard.
It's an astonishing structure, made of moss and grasses stuck together with spider web. I don't know about their chances of successfully raising their young. There are a lot of crows and Eastern gray squirrels around.
One was snacking on buds in the nest tree this morning. The pair stayed close by to keep an eye on it. I think this is the male.
According to my Sibley Guide to Birds, a full-grown bushtit weighs 5 grams -- about as much as a nickel. I'm not sure what they'd have done with the squirrel if it had made a move towards their eggs, but it left without showing any interest in the nest.